A Florida appeals court upheld Gov. Ron DeSantis’ congressional redistricting map, finding a lower state court should have dismissed a lawsuit challenging North Florida’s districts.
The federal racial gerrymandering case that upended the Jacksonville City Council’s district map, proving the city had segregated voters on the basis of race for decades, has finally ended.
The Jacksonville City Council agreed to pay $100,000 and accept the plaintiff’s district map after losing five times in federal court.
Jacksonville’s general counsel filed a bill that would mean the City Council would give up its fight against civil-rights plaintiffs in its federal racial gerrymandering case.
Jacksonville may finally at long last be ready to settle the claims that the City Council racially gerrymandered its council and School Board district maps.
The Jacksonville City Council plans to vote Friday on new district maps after the old ones were struck down as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders, yet after three days of committee meetings, it’s not clear that the council has enough votes to approve the maps.
Even as the city faces a lawsuit alleging it illegally passed non-compact districts, Jacksonville’s top lawyer told City Council members they didn’t need to worry about whether their new districts were oddly shaped or not.
The Jacksonville City Council will not attempt to comply with the Voting Rights Act in its proposed district maps, a city lawyer and council members announced at a Tuesday committee meeting.
Activists asked a federal judge Friday to block the city’s new council district maps in the ongoing Jacksonville redistricting lawsuit, the first step in speeding up the lawsuit ahead of the 2023 elections.
For decades, the Jacksonville City Council redistricting planpacked as many Black voters as possible based on a misreading of court rulings.